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Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

May 24, 2015 by David Herd

Japanese Covered Bridge

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast is Hoi-An featuring wonderful French colonial buildings including this beautiful Japanese covered bridge which dates back to the 18th century. Probably the most photographed place in Hoi-An.

Crossing the bridge

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

I’m not sure what the ladies are selling.

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This is my favourite photo.

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast 

The culture & heritage is mostly from the Cham people whose kingdom originally stretched from Hue South to Phan Thiet (South of Nha Trang) – the Champa’s most likely originally from Java. The original Cham political capital was Tra Kieu, the commercial capital was Hoi An and the spiritual capital was My Son (Hindu). The Cham people were Hindu, and by the 10th century the influence of Arab traders to Hoi An resulted in some converting to become Muslims.

The second major influence was from the Chinese, firstly from traders but especially the escaping Ming Dynasty armies who after settling in Hoi An for some years moved further south and created Saigon as a major trading port.

Beautiful faces

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

Hoi An is midway between Hanoi & HCMC, you can fly into Danang then take a taxi south, on the way make sure you visit Marble mountain where you can watch beautiful statues being made and perhaps even order one to be shipped home.

Here I am at Marble Mountain just north of Hoi-An.

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

Marble Mountain Vietnam where the statues are hand carved by certified and regulated stone mason artists. These artist begin a lifelong apprenticeship from a very young age and spend their life learning the trade.

Travel Tip. Hoi-An has the reputation as the place to go to have clothes made, I think one of the best strategies is to take some of your favourite items and have them copied at a fraction of the price you would pay at home.

 Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

One of the many Hoi-An French colonial buildings.

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Fu kien restaurant

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

A typical Hoi-Ann street scene.

 Beautiful buildings

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

There are so many wonderful buildings.

 Lanterns

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

There is a photo opportunity around every corner.

We asked where he was taking the duck?

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

He said I am taking it home to eat it.

Hoi Ann timber delivery

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

Firewood for cooking I imagine.

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast Hoi Ann market

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

Morning gossip at the market.

Banana anyone?

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

It is a hive of activity on the waterfront.

Happy faces

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

Non la (palm-leaf conical hat) is a traditional symbol of Vietnamese people.

Great looking kids in Hoi Ann.

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

Another couple of great Vietnamese smiles.

China Beach

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 

During the war the Americans used the name China Beach to refer to the beautiful 30 km sweep of fine white sand that starts at Monkey Mountain and ends near Hoi An. Soldiers would be sent here for some R&R from bases all over the country.

Pothole shopping for art

Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

 Pothole aka John Martin shopping for some genuine reproductions. 🙂

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Hanoi to Bangkok

 Ancient Town Vietnam Central Coast

It was the start of the Sars problem.

Thanks for visiting my Hoi-An French colonial buildings photo blog, one of my favourite places in Vietnam, however the image that sticks in my mind most of all are the beautiful faces of the people and their children in this amazing country. Have a look at some of my other Vietnam posts.

                         
 

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